In most areas of California, summer squash is grown during the warm season from early spring through midsummer or fall; However, with an appropriate selection of varieties, many mild winter areas can grow summer squash year-round. Zucchini is the most popular type of summer squash; for zucchini variety recommendations, go to GardenZeus and enter your […]
Pruning/Cutting Back/Pinching/Separating GardenZeus does not recommend pinching back or removing blossoms from determinate tomato plants under most circumstances; and recommends that determinate tomatoes generally not be pruned. While some sources recommend removing small stems (watersprouts or “suckers”) near the base of a plant, GardenZeus expert Darren Butler is concerned about this admitting disease organisms […]
So you think you know your tomato varieties? Take our quiz! Which of the following is NOT a variety of tomato: Firecracker, Thunder Mountain, Viagra, Green Zebra and Queen Victoria. Firecracker: an indeterminate hybrid grape-sized red tomato with with golden and orange stripes. It is ideal for containers, producing trailing branches from baskets and planters […]
The Three Sisters is a traditional Native American agricultural grouping or companion planting combination that includes corn, beans, and squash, with corn providing a natural trellis for beans and vining squash, beans fixing soil nitrogen theoretically to the benefit of all three crops, and the large leaves of squash cooling soil and discouraging weeds. The […]
Have you grown snap peas or snow peas? But have you ever grown or eaten pea greens? Consider planting extra peas to have enough plants for harvesting young, tender stems and leaves as greens. Pea greens are nutritious and delicious. They are a candidate for GardenZeus expert Darren Butler’s favorite green, and can be used […]
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